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Doctor Who-The Myth Makers (Doctor Who library) Paperback – 12 Sep 1985


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; New edition edition (12 Sept. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426201701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426201700
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While Dr. Who is often fondly remembered for its slipshod production values (disused quarries as barren planets etc.), it's worth remembering that the show featured its fair share of cracking storylines. One of Dr. Who's infamous "lost" episodes, with only the soundtrack remaining, Myth Makers allows a wonderfully inventive take on Greek myths to shine through (aided by Peter Purves' scene-setting narration), without the distraction of dodgy sets. When the TARDIS lands in ancient Greece, the original Doctor (William Hartnell) and his companions get mixed up with Greek Gods and the Trojan War. Mistaken for the great god Zeus by Achilles, Agamemnon and Odysseus, the Doctor is forced is to come up with a plan to defeat the Trojans--in just two days. Meanwhile, companions Steven and Vicky have been taken prisoner by the Trojans. To prove her loyalty, Vicky must come up with a plan to defeat the Greeks in the same time. However, for the Doctor, a certain plan involving a giant wooden horse may save him, but doom the others. Mixing the staples of historical adventure with farce, bolstered with a literate, witty script makes Myth Makers hugely enjoyable, a must for fans and excellent reminder of the series' early inventiveness. --Danny Graydon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Though the reader, Stephen Thorne, has no direct connection with the original serial... his boisterous tones are perfect for relating this tale of overblown legendary heroes and villains." (Richard McGinlay http://www.sci-fi-online.com) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 13 Aug. 2014
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"I saw the Fall of Troy!..." said the Ninth Doctor to Rose in `The Unquiet Dead'.

This is the story where the Doctor was actually there during the events of Troy and how he witnesses the massacre of the Trojans by the Greeks. This is the story where the Doctor actually gave the Greeks the idea of the Trojan Horse that became a `horse of destruction'.

I enjoyed listening to `The Myth Makers' on audio. I've just finished listening to it last weekend! It's one of the classic stories from the William Hartnell days in `Doctor Who' and it's such a shame that none of the four episodes of this story exist. We only have the audio soundtrack on this CD with superb linking narration by actor Peter Purves, and a few pieces of surviving footage from the story that can found on the 'Lost in Time' DVD. It's a story from the third season of `Doctor Who' that saw a sea-change in the show's direction, especially with the departure of one of the Doctor's companions.

This is an historical adventure written by Donald Cotton who has a talent for writing historical stories in `Doctor Who'. It's a story that is sandwiched between `Mission to the Unknown' and `The Daleks' Master Plan' where TV audiences had to wait for the ensuing 12-part Dalek epic following on after this. `The Myth Makers' is a story written in the style of a high comedy-drama for the first three episodes and it definitely does feel `Carry On' like 'The Romans' before this. But by the fourth episode, it becomes horrible as the actual Trojan Horse incident takes place and everybody's brutally massacred.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ultron77 on 27 May 2012
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Pretend you're at the Siege of Troy right now. You have just seen Achilles slay Hector. You know that the subterfuge with the Trojan Horse is soon to follow. But there is a change. You suddenly hear a loud groaning hum. A small light appears. With it, a wooden blue police telephone box. You stare in amazement as it all appears before your eyes. The TARDIS has arrived.

Based on the television serial of the same name, Doctor Who: The Myth Makers sets the Doctor and his companions Steven and Vicki to one of the most infamous wars of ancient history. Unfortunately, none of this serial exists anymore, save for a few seconds of footage. The only way you're going to know the events at this point of time is to read this book. Anyway, the Doctor is the first to exit the TARDIS and is believed by the Greeks (most of them) to be Zeus, because of the way the TARDIS appeared. Steven goes out after him while Vicki remains behind. The TARDIS however is found by Paris and he orders his men to carry it into Troy. Vicki comes out and is assumed to be a priestess of power, much to the displeasure of the city's high priestess Cassandra.

At the Greek camp, the Doctor's disguise is soon foiled and he is forced by King Agammemnon and hero Odysseus to construct a means of ensuring their victory over the Trojans. King Priam expects a similar thing of Vicki by predicting what the Greeks are going to do, and renames her Cressida. Steven aims to rescue them both, with the the willing help of one Greek poet named Homer, the legendary author of epics The Illiad aoctornd The Odyssey. The heroes must now work on separate sides to rejoin one another and return to the TARDIS. It will not be easy, as one of them faces an agonising choice. And when that choice is made, it is the Doctor who pays the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2015
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Homer's `The Iliad' breaks off his epic tale of the Trojan War, abruptly and annoyingly, soon after the death of Hector, Prince of Troy, at the hands of Achilles. Now we know why. Even an audience accustomed to stories about all the gods and goddesses of Olympus simply wouldn't have believed what happened next ...

Donald Cotton's superb novelisation of his story `The Myth Makers' brings William Hartnell's Doctor to Troy for a brilliantly entertaining, mostly comic conclusion to the war, with the Wooden Horse and all that ... and some rather confused Greeks and Trojans confronted with a magical blue box and its three occupants, one of whom may or may not be Zeus, but who claim to be travellers in Time and Space. No wonder Homer left that part out!

Sadly, the television episodes are mysteriously `lost', I assume since Odysseus and his Ithacan horde stormed Television Centre, because obviously nobody would just wipe the tapes of these classics, would they? (!) The soundtrack exists and tells an excellent and (in part 4 especially) different and far more serious story than the novel, but having now heard the two surviving versions I prefer the novelisation and it's the wonderful Audiobook of that which is reviewed here.

Donald Cotton's sparkling 1985 novelisation of his scripts turns the original story into a `Homer's-eye view' account of the closing events of the Trojan War, as witnessed by the poet as a young man and now told by him, in old age, to a visitor to his olive grove. There, Homer sits in the sun among ancient ruins, eating goats' cheese and recounting his astonishing adventure.

And he does so, splendidly, in a literary voice somewhere between P.G. Wodehouse and Jerome K.
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